The United Kingdom's First Woman Law Professor: An Archerian Analysis

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In 1970, at Queen's University Belfast, Claire Palley became the first woman to hold a Chair in Law at a United Kingdom university. However, little is known about the circumstances surrounding this event, or Claire Palley herself. This article (part of an extended proje... View more
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    1 C.F. Parker `Women Law Professors' Times, 28 June 1975, 13. Claire Palley remembers that she did not point out to Professor Parker that she was English by descent and a citizen of the United Kingdom at birth!

    2 B.M. Walker and A. McCreary, Degrees of Excellence: The Story of Queen's, Belfast 1845 ±1995 (1995).

    3 K. Knorr-Cetina and A.V. Cicourel (eds.), Advances in Social Theory and Methodology (1981).

    4 M.S. Archer, Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation (2003) 2.

    5 A. Mutch, `Constraints on the Internal Conversation: Margaret Archer and the Structural Shaping of Thought' (2004) 34 J. for the Theory of Social Behaviour 429, at 429. For a discussion of critical realism, see A.Sayer, Method in Social Science: A Realist Approach (1992); A. Sayer, Realism and Social Science (2000).

    6 The other three books Archer has written on the relationship between structure and agency are: M.S. Archer, Realist social theory: the morphogenetic approach (1995); M.S. Archer, Culture and agency: The place of culture in social theory (1996); M.S. Archer, Being Human: The Problem of Agency (2000).

    7 Archer, op. cit., n. 4, p. 3.

    8 id., p. 4.

    9 M.J. Mossman, The First Women Lawyers (2006); H. Heilbron, Rose Heilbron: The Story of England's First Woman Queen's Counsel and Judge (2012).

    10 R.G. Parry, David Hughes Parry ± a jurist in society (2010); N. Lacey, A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream (2006).

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